The leader of the “world’s most tolerant country” cannot put up with the fact that his state is heroizing a murderer of a sleeping man.
Completely unaware of the fact that a great number of his nationals served in the Third Reich ranks during World War II and that Hitler himself regarded Azerbaijani battalions as the most loyal to Germany, Aliyev junior has on numerous occasions focused on the Armenian national hero Garegin Nzhdeh.
Speaking at the ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Baku State University, Aliyev stated that the monument to Garegin Nzhdeh in central Yerevan must be pulled down. Dropping a veiled hint that the monument was set up under Armenia’s former authorities, he claimed that Armenia’s incumbent leaders must pull the monument down if they are really leading their country to democracy.
“I have given them a chance. In my speech I stated the monument had been put up by Armenia’s former authorities. If the incumbent authorities claim to be democratic, let them pull the monument down,” the Azerbaijani leader said.
How can we explain to Mr Aliyev that his words are not worth a pin for the even ordinary Armenian citizens, to say nothing of Armenia’s government.
Secondly, it is a particular group of people that fear monuments – and such a fear is actually a mental disorder.
But even the monument to Garegin Nzhdeh is too hard for Mr Aliyev to deal with.
He also does not like Armenian-Iranian friendship. At a meeting with Muslim countries’ leaders he addressed them, saying:
“I am calling on all of you not to hug Armenia’s representatives. Full stop!”
Strangely enough, not an “Exclamation mark!”